Audrey Lois Canupp

Audrey Lois Canupp

Audrey Lois Canupp, 94, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at Union County Hospital Long Term Care, with her daughter by her side.  

Mrs. Canupp was born in Johnson County, on Aug. 15, 1926, the daughter of Bluford and Nonnie Mathis Allbritten.  

On Oct. 15, 1953, she eloped and married Harold “Dean” Canupp in Corinth, Miss., enjoying 46 years of marriage until his passing in 1999.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Bo Utley of Anna; grandchildren Kelly (Patrick) Kelley of Toledo, Ohio, and Kacey (Mark) Chamness of Anna; and dearly loved great-grandchildren Carson, Klaira, and Karlee Jo Chamness; a brother in-law, Dale “Pete” (Retha) Burnam; and numerous cherished cousins, nieces, and nephews.   

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Inez Allbritten; a sister, Norma Jean Panuce; brothers Olen, George (Reba Ferne) and Gerald “Cap” Allbritten; brothers-in-law Ralph (Lenora) Canupp and Robert (Jessalyn) Canupp; three sisters-in-law, Patty Burnam, Mildred Allbritten and Rosemary Allbritten; her dear friend ,James “Jim” Whitnel; as well as many other friends and family members.  

Mrs. Canupp was a member of Cypress Eastern Star Chapter No. 886, which was later merged with Egyptian Chapter No. 32 at Vienna, and was a dual member of Anna Star Chapter No 522.  

She was elected as Worthy Matron “many times” and was an honorary member of Lily Valley Chapter No. 85 in Metropolis and Banner Chapter No. 614 in Ganntown.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Cypress.  

In the 1950s, Audrey worked at the Williams Variety Store, also known as “The Dime Store,” in Vienna.  

She spent many years washing and ironing for Green Implement in Cypress. She was a 4-H leader and Avon representative.  

She enjoyed babysitting, going on Virginia Gray’s bus tours with her husband, embroidering, making homemade ice cream, reading, gardening and attending railroad company picnics.   

In 2001, Mrs. Canupp moved to Anna-Jonesboro to be closer to family, where she enjoyed being a greeter at the Jonesboro Grade School and a volunteer at the Union County Hospital gift shop. She loved being a member of the Senior Circle and had many great adventures on bus tours with her friends.  

Miss Audrey also became a beloved friend of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anna.

She will forever be remembered for her endless love towards her family and her big bright smile.

As a two-time breast cancer survivor, she asked that memorials be made out to the Heather Harper Treat Foundation, which has provided support to 895 cancer patients since its inception in 1994, her husband being one of the recipients.  

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Pastor David Fischler will officiate. Burial will be in the Cypress Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Heather Harper Treat Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 98, Vienna, Ill. 62995.

To share a memory of Audrey or to leave an online message of condolence for her family, visit

Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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